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“Gleiser covers a broad swath of subjects—from cognition and curved space to particle physics, superstring theory, and multiverses—with a thoughtful, accessible style that balances philosophy with hard science. His island imagery will capture readers’ imagination as it examines the ideas that unnerve us even as they illuminate our world.”
“The Island of Knowledge is a history of the mind, its gift for finding ideas in things. The brilliance of centuries of philosophic and scientific inquiry, never more remarkable than at present, bears a profound resemblance to the brilliance it discovers in the universe. Marcelo Gleiser makes us feel what a privilege it is to be human.”
“We've come to know far more than our ancestors could possibly have imagined—including the depth of our ignorance. In Gleiser's lucid narrative, that marvelous paradox comes alive.”
“Marcelo Gleiser brings a physicist's knowledge, a philosopher's wisdom, and a poet's language to elucidate our largest questions. If you finish The Island of Knowledge with all the same opinions with which you began it, then turn to page one and start reading again.”
“Articulate, elegant, and at times poignant, The Island of Knowledge is a magnificent account of humanity's struggle to understand its place in the cosmos. ... Gleiser shows how our efforts to comprehend the universe have transformed it into something rich and strange.”
Parallel universes are a non-answer to a premature question.
- NautilusJanuary 2017
What can fly-fishing teach us about theoretical physics? More than you might guess.
- The Chronicle of Higher EducationAugust 21, 2016
Do physicists always need empirical evidence to confirm their theories?
- The New York TimesJune 7, 2015
We owe our existence to little photosynthetic bacteria — but there is much more to this story, as life can only mutate and adapt when the planet offers the right conditions.November 15, 2017
As history has shown, political and ideological repression passes — but scientific knowledge remains.November 2, 2017
Astronomy is forever changed by the viewing of the collision of neutron stars; we can now watch these processes in many different ways as they run their course.October 24, 2017
The recent ICE Public Dialogue in San Francisco attracted more than 1200 people to the Nourse Theater.
The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE), directed by Marcelo, brought together leading scientists, humanists, and public intellectuals for its launching conference.
Marcelo's edX online course investigating the limits of knowledge and what we can and cannot know of the world and ourselves was a smashing success. Check out the archives.
In an essay for The New Atlantis, Marcelo shows why the findings of physics should help ease our sense of cosmic angst.
A new paper by Marcelo and Damian Sowinski on applying information theory to how we make sense of the world.
In this TEDxEast talk, Marcelo tells the 13.7-billion-year story of our universe in 18 minutes.
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Marcelo discusses science and religion with CERN's director general, the Vatican's head of science and faith, and a scholar of Jain philosophy on BBC World Service's The Forum.Listen to the program ➞
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